It might be better to express a negative opinion if that gives you more to say.

What would you do if you were asked in an interview to talk about how you feel about your hometown if in fact you really disliked living there?

Some people might think that by being truthful in this situation and giving a negative answer that this would not be the right thing to do and instead you should lie and talk about how you love living there to give a more positive sounding answer.

Actually, truthfulness is not important and neither is giving a negative opinion of something. The important thing is that you have something to express. If you have more to say by being truthful, even if it is expressing a negative opinion, then that is what you should talk about.

It would be much better to say “Actually I don’t really like my hometown….” and follow it up with your reasons for disliking it than to say “I like my hometown…” and then struggle to find anything to say.

In this video you will see how Joao deals with this situation in the best way.

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Hello mariagregfg,

It's great that you want to practise speaking English, but I'm afraid that our House Rules don't allow you to share your contact information. I'd recommend you check out our Facebook page, where there are occasionally posts on good resources for this sort of thing.

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Kirk
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Hi,
What should I say if someone asks about my future plan?

Permit me to add.Even if you can't remember any of your plans at the time of asking, please avoid replying''I don't have any future plan'' trust me,most people will misunderstand you.

Hi phamminhchau1810,

There are many ways to answer a question at interview about this. For example, you could say the following:

 

I'm planning to... in the near future.

This year I'll be.... and after that I may...

At some point I want to... but I don't have a concrete plan as yet.

Once I've... I want to...

 

You can read more about describing future intentions and plans on these pages:

Talking about the future

Future plans

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, I have a doubt related to this matter. Let´s say that the interviewer asks me to talk about types of trees, and I don´t feel comfortable with the subject, since I feel I wouldn´t be able to say much about it even on my native language. Should I try to make something up? or is it okay if I explain that I know little about that particular theme and try to relate it somehow to a self experience or memory of my own?.
In other words, is it well received if the candidate admits he knows little about the given topic?

Hello adegainza,

The topics on the IELTS are supposed to be topics that anyone can speak about, so, for example, I don't think you'd ever have to speak about trees in a way that requires any kind experience with trees beyond having seen one or even just read about one.

But if somehow you are asked to speak about something you're not familiar with, the best thing is to say what you can about it. This will often be enough. I usually advise my students to avoid making things up, as it can lead to problems, not because you're lying but because it can be more difficult.

You might want to read more about the speaking test on TakeIELTS, where you'll find general information about how it works as well as specific advice on how to prepare for it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi
i repeat my Ielts exam for 8 times , although I got good score in speaking and writing I couldnt get an acceptable score in Reading, its really annoying and I dont know what should I do.

Hello mojdeh68,

It's hard for me to give you any specific advice as I don't know your individual strengths and weaknesses. However, I can suggest you take a look at the advice on our site for IELTS candidates: TakeIELTS.

You can find advice on preparation for the exam, and on specific sections, including reading. You can also find practice materials and practice tests with answer keys.

I hope those links are helpful. Good luck!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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